Registration deadline Tuesday for Nov. 6 election - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Registration deadline today for Nov. 6 election

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election is today, Oct. 9. Offices will close at 4:30 p.m.

Eligible voters are encouraged to make sure they're good to go to avoid problems on election day. 

Calcasieu Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty said there are various ways to take care of that before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

"In order to be a voter you must be registered first so let's get that registration taken care of now, before the last minute hour.  We have a lot of people walking in, we have a lot of people registering to vote on line which is another process you can do.  You can register on line, you can register here in my office. You can register at the driver's license office if you're doing drivers license business as well as a number of other agencies but that web site is www.GeauxVote.com," she said.

Besides candidates on the ballot, Louisiana voters will decide on nine amendments to the state constitution.

One would protect Medicaid Trust Fund for the elderly from being used to balance the state budget.

Amendment two would make it harder to pass laws to restrict the carrying of concealed weapons in Louisiana.

Proposed amendment three would require bills dealing with the state's public retirement systems to be filed a month before other bills filed before the session.

Number four deals with a property tax exemption for spouses of some disabled veterans.

Five would cause public servants to lose part of their public retirement benefits if convicted of a felony related to his or her office.

Six is specifically related to property tax exemptions in New Iberia.

Proposed amendment seven deals with membership of certain state board and commissions.

Eight involves allowing the State Board of Commerce and Industry to grant property tax exemptions to certain non-manufacturing businesses.

And proposed amendment nine deals with setting up proposed crime prevention districts.

Also, most parishes will decide whether to limit school board members to three consecutive four year terms. 

Again, people can register to vote at www.GeauxVote.com, at their parish registrar of voters' office, by mail or at public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries. They can also find more information on candidates and the amendments at GeauxVote. Also, the Public Affairs Research Council has detailed information about the proposed amendments. Early voting for the Nov. 6 election will be Oct. 23 through Oct. 30.

For more on voter registration, click HERE.

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